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Old 09-22-2010, 12:49 AM
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Default Prodisc C removal/revision to fusion, questions

I had surgery at c5/c6 back in April and healing is not going as planned. So after many dr's appts, PT, x-rays, ct scans, more injections, narcotics, and acupuncture, it looks as though I will be having the prodisc removed and a fusion done.
I'm trying to find 'my own' information rather than the generic info from the dr., personal stories, etc.

Prior to my original surgery, I had my heart set on the fusion. Once I learned I was able to get the ADR, I was quite happy. Now that I'm looking at a fusion, after having the ADR, I'm not so sure. I must be searching something wrong, because I'm finding zilcho information out there, so I was just hoping for some help here
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Old 09-22-2010, 10:04 AM
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I'm sorry about all this pain and trouble with your c-spine! What is the reason for removal? And what specific areas of inquiry do you have? We'll try to help!
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Old 09-22-2010, 02:22 PM
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I'm sorry about all this pain and trouble with your c-spine! What is the reason for removal? And what specific areas of inquiry do you have? We'll try to help!
The top portion of my prodisc has migrated forward, it is now stable just in the wrong position. The dr is not sure if that is what causing me my pain, or the arthritis. I guess due to the adr, I have arthritic facet joints at the surgical spot (?). He thinks that the disc may just not 'be for me'. I have an MRI scheduled next week I believe, so he wants to see if the joints above and below are arthritic, I guess if they are he won't want to do the fusion after all (?). I had taken my painkillers earlier in the day, and am not 100% sure as to all he said (hence the question marks), my husband was there and restated everything my dr mentioned, I'm just unsure of it all. So much of this doesn't make sense to me.

Edited to add --- I'm just looking for personal stories, or info regarding the removal of the disc. I have heard that the lumbar revisions can be considered life threatening, so I'm trying to find info on cervical revisions.. I'm just not finding great info.. I know no surgery/person is the same, but I'm curious, are you opened up at the same spot? or is a revision posterior? is the recovery time worse than just a fusion, since technically more is being played with in there?
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Old 09-27-2010, 09:46 PM
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Please post a pic of your MRI b/c im having the same problem as you...
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C4-5: Mild disc height loss with central annular fissure. Small broad-based left paracentral disc protrusion. Moderate central canal stenosis-the disc protrusion abuts and mildly flattens the left ventral surface of the spinal canal.

C5-6: Disc desiccation with mild height loss.Diffuse discosteophyte bulge and uncovertebral joint hypertrophy, moderate central canal stenosis- Severe neuroforaminal stenosis bilaterally, right greater than left.
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Old 09-30-2010, 01:46 PM
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Ok, I have NO idea what I am looking at, but to me, something looks very wrong with my this...

I'm not sure if I attached them correctly.. I guess I'll see in a second!
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Old 09-30-2010, 02:53 PM
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Im sorry, I meant your X-Ray pic so I can see what your pro-disc looks like in your neck. Placement? Forward?
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C5-6: Disc desiccation with mild height loss.Diffuse discosteophyte bulge and uncovertebral joint hypertrophy, moderate central canal stenosis- Severe neuroforaminal stenosis bilaterally, right greater than left.
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Im sorry, I meant your X-Ray pic so I can see what your pro-disc looks like in your neck. Placement? Forward?
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Old 10-01-2010, 03:10 PM
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^ Yours looks more forward then mine...

But I want mine out also...




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C4-5: Mild disc height loss with central annular fissure. Small broad-based left paracentral disc protrusion. Moderate central canal stenosis-the disc protrusion abuts and mildly flattens the left ventral surface of the spinal canal.

C5-6: Disc desiccation with mild height loss.Diffuse discosteophyte bulge and uncovertebral joint hypertrophy, moderate central canal stenosis- Severe neuroforaminal stenosis bilaterally, right greater than left.
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Old 10-01-2010, 04:37 PM
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I had cervical revision from ADR to Fusion surgery on 4/20/10. This was my surgeons first revision. The ADR was Spinal Kinetics M6. I have no loss of motion that I can measure. The only issue is that I have nerve irritation in my right arm which I had prior to the revision surgery.

If your in the hands of a good spinal surgeon, hopefully everything will be OK. The biggest question I would have is the Keels on the Prodisc are rather large. Will this create a problem with additional bone loss when he tries to take it out? The M6 had very small keels so that wasn't a problem with me.

Good luck.
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Foramenotomy 1/2004 - C5/C6 right side
Stenum M6 - 4/2009 - C4/C5, C5/C6
US Prestige ST - 12/2009 - C3/C4
Revision to Fusion 4/2009 - C5/C6 M6
Auto fuse of M6 at C4/C5 - determined after Xray on 3/2011.
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Lumbar L5/S1 Annular tear - pain started 8/2009. MRI Hiz on 3/2011
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^Did you get both your M6 disc taken out? If so why?
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C5-6: Disc desiccation with mild height loss.Diffuse discosteophyte bulge and uncovertebral joint hypertrophy, moderate central canal stenosis- Severe neuroforaminal stenosis bilaterally, right greater than left.
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